Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

About Healthy Work Environments BPGs

About Healthy Work Environments BPGs


The Healthy Work Environments (HWE) Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) are designed to support health care organizations in creating and sustaining work positive environments.  This work is led by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and support from Health Canada, Office of Nursing Policy. The initial goal of the program was the development of six guidelines and systematic literature reviews related to healthy work environments. The six areas included leadership, collaborative practice, workload and staffing, professionalism, embracing diversity and workplace health, safety, and well-being. For the project a healthy work environment was defined as “a practice setting that maximizes the health and well-being of nurses, quality patient outcomes and organizational and system performance”.

Program Activities

The Healthy Work Environments BPGs are regularly featured at a variety of provincial, national, and international events such as:

  • Workshops for Military Hospital 309 and Shanghai #5 Peoples' Hospital April 2009 in China.
  • Jewish General Hospital's Faye Fox Education Day on May 1, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec.
  • Clinical Nursing Symposium on May 27, 2009.
  • Nurses Association of New Brunswick on June 4, 2009.
  • Sick Kids Wellness Fair on October 14-15, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Canadian Association of Wound Care Conference on Ocotober 30, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec.
  • Shanghai International Conference of Nursing in China on November 17, 2009.
  • Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador Educational Seminar on December 1, 2009.

Guideline Evaluation

The foundational six Healthy Work Environments Best Practice Guidelines were piloted in nine sites across Ontario. Theses sites included: Centre for Addiction & Mental Health; Headwaters Health Care Centre; Kingston General Hospital & Hotel Dieu Hospital; Queensway Carleton Hospital; Saint Elizabeth Health Care; Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; William Osler Health Centre; and York Central Hospital. The evaluation was led by Dr. Linda O'Brien-Pallas and Sara White of the University of Toronto Nursing Health Services Research Unit, with support from HWE BPG panel members and the RNAO.

For more information about the Health Work Environment BPGs, please contact us.